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jaya jaya sri-caitanya jaya nityananda
jayadvaita-candra jaya gaura-bhakta-vrnda
Advaita acarya is an incarnation of Mahavisnu and thus non different (advaita) from the Lord. He is one of the principal associates of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, the inaugurator of the yuga dharma Harinaam Sankirtana. His intense prayers to the Lord is considered the main reason for descent of Lord Caitanya. He is also an acarya (teacher) in the line of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and lived as an ideal householder. He was initiated by Sri Madhavendra Puri and therefore he is in the same generation of spiritual masters as Sri Isvara Puri, the spiritual master of Caitanya Mahaprabhu but He considered Himself to be a servant of Lord Caitanya. In short, He is of great importance to Gaudiya Vaisnavas coming down in parampara from Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and His appearance is a festive occasion for Gaudiya Vaisnavas.
Like other years, ISKCON Mayapur celebrated His appearance day with a grand kirtana, abhishek, arati and bhoga offering. The Temple room was filled up with enthusiastic devotees. Melodious kirtana went throughout the day and further surcharged the atmosphere with devotion. The altar of Sri Advaita Acarya stood out with several types of garlands including pearls, tulasi, multi coloured flowers and fruits. The abhishek was performed between 11 am and 12 noon with pancamirta followed by flowers (puspanjali). Abhishek prasadam was profusely distributed to devotees who came with all sorts of containers ranging from empty coconuts, water bottles, tiffins, polythene bags and of course palms. This was followed with an arati performed by HH Subhag Swami. The event ended with distribution of the Lord’s Mahaprasadam. The 12 hour kirtan in honor of Advaita Acarya continued till late evening.
View the pictures of this auspicious event and pray for mercy from compassionate Advaita acarya.